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6 Signs Your Car Needs Suspension Repair

Your car is an investment that requires proper maintenance to keep it running correctly. A vehicle’s suspension system can easily be neglected. However, your suspension system is actually one of the things you should be looking out for when performing vehicle maintenance.

The suspension system consists of springs, shock absorbers, struts, and parts that connect your vehicle to its wheels and allows for motion between the two. Simply put, the suspension is what connects the cars body to its wheels. The suspension system is responsible for regulating the bouncing motion that your car would go through out on the road, making your drive more manageable and protecting the vehicle from damage or wear.

A healthy suspension system will ensure that all four of your vehicle’s tires remain on the ground at all times, thus preventing rollovers while maximizing braking ability. Some people mistakenly believe the suspension is mainly about having a smooth ride, and therefore repairs may not be as important as other maintenance issues. However, having a bad suspension can greatly affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially when stopping or turning, so it’s in your best interest not to ignore this part of auto maintenance.

No matter how you use your car, eventually there will be an effect on your suspension system. Suspension systems are designed to last through hours of forceful use, under daily and extreme circumstances. However, after consistently supporting several tons of metal, eventually the shocks will wear out and suspension repair will be necessary.

If you ever notice any of the following issues, make sure you contact us to have your suspension serviced right away:

1. Car Rides Roughly

Most people can tell their shocks or struts are wearing out when they begin to feel every bump in the road, or when every bump causes the vehicle body to “bounce.” A rough ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle’s suspension needs work.

2. Drifting or pulling during turns

With a failing suspension system, you’ll often feel the vehicle “drift” or “pull” when you’re turning. This basically means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk of a rollover. If you feel this sensation while turning, it’s time to take the car to a trusted auto repair shop for servicing.

3. Dips or “nose dives” when stopping

When the shocks are worn out, you’re likely to feel the vehicle body lurching forward and downward nose-first when you apply the brakes firmly. This can actually affect your ability to stop the car quickly (a bad suspension can increase stop time by up to 20 percent).

4. Uneven tire tread

Take a look at your tires. If you notice the tread is wearing down unevenly on your tires, or if you notice balding spots, this is often a symptom that the suspension isn’t holding the car evenly, and therefore putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tires.

5. Damaged, “oily” shocks

If you can look under the vehicle, take a look directly at the shocks or struts. If they look greasy or oily, there’s a good chance that they are leaking fluid and therefore aren’t working properly. It’s probably time to get those shocks replaced.

6. Try the “bounce test”

If you suspect your suspension is going bad (perhaps due to one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above), try this simple test. With the car in “park,” press down on the front of the vehicle with all your weight, “bounce” it a few times, then release. Do it again on the rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times after you release it, the suspension is wearing out.

To receive expert suspension repair in Sherman Oaks, CA, give us a call at (818)986-7376. Postponing suspension repairs puts your safety in jeopardy.  The ASE-certified experts here at Koester Automotive and Collision Center are ready to help. We have built a solid reputation for excellent customer service and trusted repairs at affordable rates. We provide full service auto repair for all makes and models of vehicles!

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